Thursday Links

It appears that SCMS has started sending out acceptance notices for this year’s conference.  I’m happy to report that my panel, focusing on media industries issues, has been accepted.  I’ll be talking about some of the recent debate about DVD rentals, in particular Netflix and Redbox as two key models for reaching home audiences.  Hope to see some of my readers in Los Angeles in a few months.  And now for some links:

  • A number of articles, including one from The Guardian, have been reporting on the launch of YouTube Direct, a service designed to link citizen journalists with news organizations.  The service was developed in collaboration with The Huffington Post and wil allow news services to “request, review, and rebroadcast clips directly from YouTube users.”  NPR and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have signed on to use material posted to the site.
  • Via @negaratduke, a link to Social Text’s special issue on the Iran election, with a special focus on the use (and depiction) of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. I havn’t had the chance to read the articles yet, but will hopefully take a closer look soon.
  • The most recent Nielsen ratings show that Facebook is now the number three site for online video, behind YouTube and Hulu.
  • More The Twilight Saga: New Moon online fandom news: The live streaming premiere hosted by MySpace and powered by Ustream had over two million unique views and three million total views, shattering the previous record, the streaming broadcast of the premiere of the Michael Jackson documentary, This is It.
  • Liz Gannes reports on Movie Monitor, a new search tool that helps movie fans find movies online to rent or buy from a variety of services including Hulu and Amazon and other legal sources. The site seems comparable to Speedcine, although Movie Monitor appears to provide a little more information about the films in its search engine. Thanks to reading Alex Halavais’ Search Engine Society (a really useful book, btw) and, more recently Randall Stross’s Planet Google, I’ve been thinking about search engines quite a bit lately, and video search remains a weakness for Google, so it’ll be interesting to see how these specialty services work.
  • Feministing has posted a fascinating video featuring teenage girls talking about their perceptions of social media and their relationship to popular culture.  The video is the first in a series produced by the Women’s Media Center and Girls Learn International.  The episode’s 17-year old producer comments here.

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